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Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ speaks on his time in Greece and the National Team

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Egyptian international and Al-Raed winger Mahmoud ‘’ spoke on his time playing in for PAOK and his return to the National Team. 

The youth product moved to Greece and played for giants PAOK from 2005 to 2007 before returning to . Shikabala was also familiar with last week’s opponents after playing with Sporting CP before returning to Egypt in 2015.

“I miss Greece a lot, especially Salonika. I have many memories and friends there. I hope to see my old friends a lot,” Shikabala began.

“I always follow what is happening in Greece. I was young when I played among PAOK’s ranks and this did not help me. I was not mature enough, but a lot has changed in my career. I don’t feel like I’m a stranger with PAOK,” the 32-year-old midfielder added.

Shikabala was just 20 years old when he played for the Greek giants. He played 27 matches, scoring four goals and assisting eight others.

“I cannot forget the environment at Toumba Stadium, PAOK’s fortress,” he continued.

“I’m very happy to return to the National Team. It is a big privilege for us as Egyptians to wear the National Team jersey,” El Apatchy reflected.

READ: Mahmoud Shikabala: Egypt’s Lost Generation

“Egypt has not reached the for a long time. I was sure that I wouldn’t receive the opportunity, but I have convinced Cúper and he gave it to me. I hope to continue in this manner and to be a part of the squad,” Shikabala concluded.

Egypt will face Greece in their final March friendly on Tuesday afternoon. It will be their second friendly of their March camep after losing to Portugal in the final minutes last week. The Pharaohs will have one friendly in May against Kuwait before playing Belgium in June. They will open their World Cup journey in Russia on June 15 against South American giants Uruguay.

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